I'll Take Manhattan: Three New Manhattans


The "Manhattan" is one of the most remarkably versatile drinks in the repertoire of Classic Cocktails. Here are three of my own variations on a theme. The first, with Cynar, the disarming Italian amaro flavored with artichoke (see the BLOG entry of April 7, 2016 entitled: "What the Heck is Cynar?"). The second, my current favorite, that combines the assertively bittersweet Italian Vermouth, Punt e Mes, with the deliciously subtle walnut liqueur, Nocello. The third, my take on "The Perfect Manhattan", where instead of Sweet Vermouth, I offer the exotically flavored, grappa-based Amaro Nonino from northern Italy, and instead of Extra Dry Vermouth, I substitute Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, with Cardamom bitters to bring out the flavors. For all three cocktails, I use one of my favorite Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies, 1792. Enjoy!


CYNAR MANHATTAN 2 parts 1792 Bourbon Whiskey 1 part Cynar dash of Angostura bitters


Stir in a shaker with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with a Tillen Farms Merry Maraschino cherry (no red dye, vegan, gluten-free).





WALNUT MANHATTAN 2 parts 1792 Bourbon Whiskey ½ part Nocello Walnut Liqueur ½ part Punt e Mes dash of Hella Bitters Aromatic bitters

Stir in a shaker with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with a Tillen Farms Merry Maraschino cherry or a Bada Bing cherry.








IMPERFECT MANHATTAN 2 parts 1792 Bourbon Whiskey ½ part Amaro Nonino ½ part Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur dash of Scrappy's Cardamom bitters

Stir in a shaker with ice until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with a Tillen Farms Merry Maraschino cherry.


And check out my BLOG entry of August 16, 2016 on bourbon: "My Favorite Bourbon"


Also, check out the videos from KEVIN'S COCKTAIL MINUTE and the BLOG entries of four more inspired variations: "MAD MANHATTAN", "WALNUT MANHATTAN", "BADASS MANHATTAN", & "HEART OF DARKNESS"

























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